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Policy Update #21: Monthly Forecast: May 2016[viewed]

After a full schedule of high-profile events, statements, and commitments in April, policy work in May 2016 will be guided by key documents on sustainable development.

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Asia-Pacific Human Development Report Outlines Nine Actions for Sustainable Development[viewed]

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) launched its 2016 Human Development Report for the Asia-Pacific region, outlining actions by which countries with different demographic profiles can work towards sustainable development.

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ECLAC Caribbean Committee Highlights National Ownership, Coordination for 2030 Agenda[viewed]

Senior government officials shared their perspectives on sustainable development priorities in the Caribbean, during the 26th session of the Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee (CDCC), a subsidiary body of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Among other priorities, participants stressed national ownership and integrated planning, and suggested addressing debt management through a Caribbean Resilience Fund.

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CEPA Considers Actions to Transform Public Institutions for SDG Progress[viewed]

The 15th session of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration discussed practical measures that governments can take to equip institutions to contribute to implementation and monitoring of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). CEPA also reflected on how public institutions can address the principle of leaving no one behind, as a contribution to the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

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IYP 2016 Events Promote Pulses as “Climate-Smart” Food of the Future [viewed]

Two events organized as part of the International Year of Pulses (IYP 2016) have called for increased efforts to scale up global production of pulses, such as beans, chickpeas, and lentils, due to their multiple benefits as nutrient-dense, soil improving and “climate-smart” crops. The International Conference on Pulses for Health, Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture in Drylands (ICP 2016) took place from 18-20 April in Rabat, Morocco, while the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) hosted a seminar in Rome, Italy addressing the links between pulses and soils (the focus of international efforts in 2015), on 19 April 2016.

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OECD Factbook Reports on Economic, Social and Environmental Indicators[viewed]

The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) released its annual statistical publication, the OECD Factbook 2015-2016. The Factbook provides statistical data on almost 100 indicators on population, economic production, household income and wealth, globalization, prices, energy and transportation, labor, environment and science, education, government and health. The Factbook reports data on all OECD countries and, where available, for Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia, and South Africa.

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Event: 5th UCLG Congress: World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders[viewed]

Organized by United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the 5th UCLG Congress: World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders will convene under the theme ‘Local Voices for a Better World'.

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FfD Side Events Focus on Tax and Debt, Financing Retreat Urges Coherence[viewed]

International organizations held several events on the sidelines of the UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Inaugural Forum on Financing for Development (FfD) Follow-up (FfD Forum), which took place in April. Participants highlighted the importance of domestic resource mobilization through improved tax collection, and addressing systemic issues and debt.

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ESCAP Identifies Regional Priorities, Four ‘Transformations' for Implementing Sustainable Development[viewed]

Governments in the Asia-Pacific region held two high-level discussions in April, resulting in a set of regional priorities for implementing sustainable development and financing commitments in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), according to the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

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CSOs Highlight National SDG Reviews and Coherence, Economic Findings[viewed]

The national level will be critical in the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, say position papers by Save the Children and the Transparency, Accountability and Participation (TAP) Network and partners. The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) reflects on how Canada will implement the 2030 Agenda at home. Other inputs focus on: multi-stakeholder partnerships to support Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 on peace and justice; the care economy; and 2015 data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC).

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